Article by Jonathan Lewis – Non-party disclosure orders in judicial review proceedings (R (AB) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care) – Henderson Chambers

‘Two children sought permission to judicially review various decisions made by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care relating to provision of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to children. To pursue their claim, they sought disclosure of various statistics from the Office for National Statistics (the ONS). As the ONS was not a party to proceedings, they made an application under CPR 31.17 for disclosure. Mr Justice Swift dismissed that application on the basis that the information sought was not necessary for the fair determination of the questions of law raised by the pleaded case.’

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Henderson Chambers, 31st March 2022

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Female black and Asian prisoners detail racism endured in landmark report – The Independent

Posted April 8th, 2022 in equality, news, prisons, race discrimination, racism, statistics, women by sally

‘Black and Asian women in prison are experiencing racial discrimination at the hands of staff members, a damning new report has found.’

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The Independent, 8th April 2022

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Four in 10 pupils have experienced or witnessed bullying at the Bar – Legal Futures

Posted April 4th, 2022 in barristers, bullying, equality, harassment, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘Nearly four in 10 pupils have either personally experienced or observed bullying, harassment and/or discrimination (BHD), Bar Council research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 4th April 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB scraps student aptitude test despite Bar Council opposition – Legal Futures

Posted April 4th, 2022 in barristers, legal education, news, statistics by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to ditch the Bar course aptitude test (BCAT) as it is no longer acting as a “filter” of those likely to fail the vocational component of their training.’

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Legal Futures, 1st April 2022

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Legal aid work “close to being unsustainable”, new campaign warns – Legal Futures

‘A new campaign for increased legal aid funding has been launched after the findings of a unique census showed the market will not be sustainable without more government action.’

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Legal Futures, 31st March 2022

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Changes needed so Windrush payout scheme is ‘efficient and effective’ – report – The Independent

Posted March 25th, 2022 in colonies, compensation, delay, government departments, immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘The Windrush compensation scheme has “structural weaknesses” and needs reform so it can be “efficient and effective”, according to a report.’

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The Independent, 24th March 2022

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Mobile loophole for gaming drivers is closed – BBC News

‘A loophole allowing drivers to escape punishment for handheld phone use if they are taking a photo or playing a game has closed in Great Britain.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2022

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80% of UK police accused of domestic abuse kept jobs, figures show – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2022 in disciplinary procedures, domestic violence, news, police, statistics by tracey

‘More than 1,000 police officers and staff accused of domestic abuse are still serving in law enforcement, new figures show. Eight out of 10 kept their jobs after the allegations were made, with a small fraction being disciplined or dismissed.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2022

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Stalking: Five orders issued compared to 7,000 complaints – BBC News

Posted March 16th, 2022 in news, police, stalking, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Only five stalking protection orders were issued in Wales last year despite more than 7,000 reported offences.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2022

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Anti-stalking orders ‘fail to protect women from danger’ – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2022 in government departments, news, police, stalking, statistics, victims, women by tracey

‘New powers to shield stalking victims from dangerous perpetrators were “mis-sold” by the government and are failing to provide rapid protection, according to a damning report sent to the Home Office.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2022

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8% of judges report facing bullying and/or harassment – Legal Futures

Posted March 10th, 2022 in bullying, harassment, judiciary, news, statistics by tracey

‘Around one in 12 judicial office-holders have experienced bullying and/or harassment in the last 12 months, while 5% reported that they had faced discrimination, according to research published yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 10th March 2022

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Just over half of judicial review judgments are available to the public on Bailii: report – Local Government Lawyer

‘Of the 5,408 unique judgments given by the Administrative Court from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2020, only 55% (3,001) are available to the public on BAILII, research has suggested.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2022

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MPs slate Ministry of Justice over Crown Court backlog and judges – Legal Futures

‘MPs today slated the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) “meagre ambition” to reduce the Crown Court case backlog and warned that efforts to recruit judges will ignore the need to improve diversity.’

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Legal Futures, 9th March 2022

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Research Briefing: Special Educational Needs: support in England – House of Commons Library

‘This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN).’

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House of Commons Library , 1st March 2022

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Justice system in England and Wales ‘risks causing fresh trauma to girls’ – The Guardian

‘The vast majority of vulnerable young women and girls in the criminal justice system in England and Wales have previously suffered abuse and violence and are in danger of being retraumatised by the experience, charities say.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2022

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LSB warns Bar Council over objections to “unreasonable” PCF rise – Legal Futures

Posted March 2nd, 2022 in barristers, budgets, consultations, fees, Legal Services Board, news, statistics by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved a 4.5% increase in the practising certificate fee (PCF) for barristers, while warning the Bar Council that the exercise of its regulatory functions, such as setting the fee, “should not be prejudiced” by its representative role.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd March 2022

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Environment Agency downgrading 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution – The Guardian

‘England’s Environment Agency has downgraded 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution over four years, despite recommendations from frontline staff for the perpetrators to face the highest sanction, a leaked report seen by the Guardian reveals.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2022

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Daniel Hoadley, Joe Tomlinson, Editha Nemsic and Cassandra Somers-Joce: How public is public law? Approximately 55% – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 28th, 2022 in constitutional law, internet, judgments, judicial review, news, statistics by sally

‘Judicial review judgments possess multi-layered value. For the parties to a case, they are an authoritative record of the outcome of a legal dispute, providing reasons for that outcome. For lawyers and judges, they support the provision of advice about the law and become legal authorities that can be used to argue and resolve future disputes. As a part of the wider constitutional system, they bring a degree of transparency to the judicial process. For researchers, they form part of the primary materials that can be subjected to different methodologies that seek to advance the understanding and analysis of public law in the courts.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th February 2022

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

Suicide by domestic violence: call to count the hidden toll of women’s lives – The Guardian

‘Hundreds of suicides a year could be linked to abuse at home. Experts want to collect better data to bring about real change.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2022

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Defendants waiting over six months for trial up 15% in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted February 24th, 2022 in criminal justice, delay, news, remand, statistics, trials by sally

‘The government has been urged to tackle “cruel and unjust” waits for defendants in England and Wales to stand trial after figures showed a 15% yearly rise in the number of people being held for longer than the custody time limit of six months.’

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2022

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